Survey Course

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Donate $100show details + $100.00 (USD)  

This summer, the Buck Learning Center is bringing back our Survey Course for high school students. In this series of lectures, students will be introduced to the labs across the Buck studying everything from Alzheimer’s Disease to the genetic characteristics of aging and longevity, and often examining the intersections between disciplines. Sample lectures include “FromTiny Fruit Flies to Alzheimer’s Disease” and “Live Longer? SIRT-ainly!”

The goal of the course is to give students an interactive experience with experts in the field and a personalized introduction to different investigational tools for understanding biological and biomedical problems. We’ll encourage questions and discussion, and some scientists will provide short readings in advance.


  • Completely free, with optional donation
  • June 22-August 3, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4pm-5pm
  • Successful completion of the course includes:
    • Attend at least 10 of the 13 lectures (sessions will be recorded and you can substitute up to 3 recorded viewings for live attendance)
    • Ask at least 1 question over the whole course
    • Prepare a brief (~500 words or 5 slides) summary of your understanding of the biology of aging and a problem you’re interested in learning more about at the conclusion of the course
  • ​On completing the course we’ll send you a digital certificate of completion

A note on attendance: We know that this is a 2nd summer of uncertainty for students, and that plans for many are still being finalized. Even if you are not sure you can attend all the lectures, we encourage you to sign up. Our primary goal is to provide a fun and engaging STEM experience while we work toward a safe reopening, and we are happy to be flexible and accommodating to make sure students get the best summer experience possible.

We actively work to overcome financial barriers to participation in STEM education. We are able to offer this summer course at no cost due to the generosity of the Clive Family Foundation. If you are able to contribute via an optional donation, you can support the continued efforts of the Buck Institute to provide inclusive and dynamic STEM opportunities for our community. When selecting a date above, please note that the $50 and $100 options are donations to our program. We are grateful for your support of STEM. 

Every Tuesday and Thursday for 7 weeks

June 22, 2021 - August 3, 2021
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm PT
We will send out a zoom link the day before your scheduled session, and a reminder email the morning of the session.

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